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Happenings is free, and submissions are run on a first-come, first-serve basis and as space allows. Happenings entries that include date, time and place, as well as a contact person’s name and telephone number, of an event can be e-mailed to Pippi Mayfield at

Sunday, Aug. 18

Atlanta Church reunion

“Come Home to Atlanta” worship is at 11 a.m., with Pastor John Martinson leading worship in the Atlanta Lutheran Church, rural Ulen. If you want to sing in the choir, arrive around 10:30 to practice. A fellowship potluck dinner will follow worship.

Spaghetti dinner

St. Theodore Church, Ponsford/Pine Point, hosts a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for under 10 and under 6 are free.

Bugs and Creepy Crawlers

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts Bugs and Creepy Crawlers: Adventures in Insect Sweeping at 2 p.m. Discover the strange world of insects found on the refuge that are a part of the food chain of a healthy ecosystem.  We will work grass and brush with sweep nets to collect insects. View them up close with magnifiers and identify a few species.  Meet at the Pine Lake Parking Area on County Hwy 29.

Color Guard breakfast

The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard fundraiser pancake/French toast breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon in the DL American Legion Club. It is a suggested donation of $6.50.

Monday, Aug. 19

Sundown Bowling League

The Sundown Bowling League meets at 7 p.m. in Voyageur Lanes, DL. Please have a representative from each team there. If you have any questions, call Ginny Chadbourne at 847-6517.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous Detroit Lakes Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon in the second floor library of the First Lutheran Church.

Lions Club

The Detroit Lakes Lions Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. For more information, contact Gerald Johnson at 847-3923.

Women’s Bridge

The Detroit Country Club Women’s Bridge Association meets at 11:30 a.m. Please make reservations by noon on Monday by calling Lorraine Welle at 847-5090.

Make the Lake

The Detroit Lakes cross country team hosts Make the Lake state come together for a practice run. Runners can chose between 2-10 miles to run around Detroit Lake. Meet at the bandshell in City Park. Race begins at 9 a.m.

Lake Park Garden Club

The Lake Park Garden Club will carpool to visit the Bergeson Nursery near Fertile. Please meet at the St. Francis Church parking lot to leave at 8:30 a.m. We plan to stop for lunch afterwards. Call 218-532-2883 for more information. 

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Larry’s Plus square dance

Larry’s Plus square dance is from 7–9 p.m. in the IOOF Hall, 118 W Holmes St., Detroit Lakes.  Larry Johansen is the caller.

Friday, Aug. 23

Lobster dinner

The 6th annual lobster dinner is at 6 p.m. in the Cormorant Community Center. Price to be determined.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Pork roast, silent auction

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Audubon, annual pork roast and silent auction is 4-7 p.m. It is a freewill offering.    

Johnson benefit

A benefit for Doug Johnson and family begins at noon at Randy’s Bar on Lake Eunice. There will be a silent auction, live auction (beginning at 5 p.m. featuring an outdoor gas fire pit, Rossi rifle, collector Schmitt Wildlife set, $1000 dental package, Bison football/hotel package…), bean bags, horseshoes, Plinko, food and fun.                 

Help Haiti fundraiser

A Help Haiti fundraiser community picnic is from 5-7 p.m. in the Peoples Park, Detroit Lakes.  The picnic meal is $5.  There will also be a raffle and a motorcycle ride leaving Peoples Park at 1 p.m. Registration starts at noon.  Ride ends at the park about 5. Proceeds go to benefit Grace Assemblies Fellowship School, orphanage and church.  For more information call Lonnie or Linda Perrine at 334-8484.


These Happenings section items or events do not have a specific date, or take place on more than one day.

Alano Club rummage sale

The Detroit Lakes Alano Club hosts a rummage sale Aug. 16-17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at 827 Summit Avenue. Donations for the sale will be accepted starting Aug. 10.

State fair bus

Want to go to the Minnesota State Fair? A bus to the fair on Thursday, Aug. 29, is $20 per person. Gate fee is $7 at the fair. Make reservations by Monday, Aug. 26, and get details from Thrivent Financial at 847-2376.

Thistle Down Run

The Thistle Down Run horse competition is Aug. 17 and 18. There will be 50-mile endurance run, 25-mile limited distance, 25-mile competitive and 9-mile fun run. For more information, contact ride managers Teresa and Dale Fett at 334-5711 or Sandy Fett at 320-247-0433.

School registration

All families new to Detroit Lakes School District may go to the school in your area to register your child for school. School for grades 1-12 starts Sept. 3. Kindergarten starts Sept. 5.

Dancing for Missions

Dancing for Missions fundraiser is Sept. 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Lakes Area Vineyard Church. Help raise support to send a missions team to Zacatecas, Mexico. There will be valet parking, a formal Italian dinner, childcare and a dance (waltz, swing, country, 2 step, line, etc.). There is a suggested donation of $25 per adult and $5 per child. Please RSVP no later than Sept. 11 by calling LAVC at 218-846-1199.

LP-A defensive driving

Lake Park Audubon Community Ed. is hosting an AARP 55 Defensive Driving 4-hour refresher course on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Lake Park Audubon Elementary Library. Fee for non-AARP members is $18; AARP members are $16. Call 218-238-5914 ext. 2091 to reserve your spot. 

Shoreham Chapel

Historic Shoreham Chapel, non-denominational, between Lake Melissa and Lake Sallie, holds services now-Sept. 1 at 10:45 a.m. It is open to the public. Coffee and refreshments follow the service. Dan Danielson, director of New Life Center in Fargo, and Rev. Tim Cook, Chaplain of St. Mary’s Hospital in DL, will be officiating at different times.

Tuesdays in the Park

Habitat for Humanity will serve hamburgers, hot dogs and brats along with sides, each Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the DL City Park before the Tuesdays in the Park band concerts in the Bandshell. It is a freewill offering. Concerts then start at 7. Bring a lawn chair. Schedule includes Aug. 13: Doc & the Scrubs, Aug. 20: Lewy Ronken Musical Revue, Aug. 27: Lakes Area Community Concert Band.

Jaspers Theater

Jaspers Theater, Park Rapids, is open. Come for the family-friendly music, magic and comedy shows each Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. Make reservations at 218-237-4333.

Plant and Pest Clinics

The Becker County Master Gardeners host Plant & Pest Clinics on Aug. 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Becker County Extension Office, 1120 8th St. SE, Detroit Lakes. Call 846-7328 ext. 7105 for more information.

Lakes Area Farmers Market

The Lakes Area Farmers Market is Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Peoples Park.